tesla at OPERA America new works forum 2015

Amidst the end of my work with the PROTOTYPE festival (see below), I was also engaged to help prepare the vocalists for American Opera Projects’ concert reading of scenes from Tesla (a collaboration between composer Phil Kline, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and director Robert Wilson) at the OPERA America New Works Forum earlier this January.

While the presentation itself featured the American Contemporary Music Ensemble led by Alan Pierson, in the days ahead I played from the full score and helped prepare the singers (Ryland Angel as Tesla, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek as Katharine, James Harrington as Morgan, Brandon Snook as Robert, Kamala Sankaram and Gregory Purnhagen as our Chorus) for their final rehearsal and performance.

Tesla will be undergoing major revisions in the months ahead as the story and libretto are retooled by the creators, but I can say for a fact that we are all eagerly awaiting whatever they have in store for us next. After all, the possibilities are endless for a subject ranging from “mad scientist” to “eccentric celebrity” to “cult hero”…and soon, operatic legend.

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